If it hasn’t happened already, this is about the time people start saying things like, “Haven’t you had that baby yet?” To this, you can answer, “Yes, but I left it in the car because I was tired of carrying it around.” or “Nope, and I’m never going to because I love the look of my swollen ankles.” Or just simply fart and walk away.
The people that comment that you’ve been pregnant forever never seem to consider that it may feel like a lifetime to you.
Here are some of the many things people often say to pregnant women so you don’t feel alone.
For me, this final lap was the hardest. In my first trimester, I was scared, excited and just plain blown away that I was growing a person – it was just so surreal. The second trimester had me getting ready whether it was buying maternity clothes or baby stuff. By the third trimester, I was too big to move around comfortably; I had all the stuff and all that was left to do was wait and wonder.
When will I see my feet again? When will I be able to put on pants without getting winded? Should I tend to the lady garden even though I can’t see it or reach it?
Don’t get me wrong; I was still excited but I was ready to get this party started, and I still had around nine or 10 weeks to go.
Best of all, your baby is between 16 – 18 inches long now and dreams while he or she sleeps. Awww. Its legs and arms are proportionate to its head – they’re just beefing up now and all five senses are firing.
31 Weeks Pregnant Cheat Sheet:
- Your baby is about 16 inches long (or 40 cm) and weighs about 3.3 pounds (1.4 kg).
- Your baby is sleeping in longer stretches and is probably in the fetal position most of the time – hey, space is getting tight.
- You have around 63 days before you give birth.
How many months is 31 weeks pregnant?
Thirty-one weeks is 7 months and 3 weeks pregnant. (Almost 8 months pregnant.)
This week's to do:
Child and pet care. Confirm who will be looking after kids and pets once it is go time. Assume that it will be an overnight stay and have any lists, food, instructions, etc. prepped. Make sure there is always gas in the car too.
Prep for visitors. Or no visitors depending on how you feel about it. The first few weeks home with a baby tend to be turbulent so choose who you see wisely. Visiting a baby is a privilege – not a right – and no one is owed a viewing. Here are some tips for handling visitors if and when you feel the time is right.
How are you feeling this week? Let me know here.